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Over distance and time, the fluids in your car break down and need to be replaced. Keeping the oils fresh will ultimately save you thousands of dollars in preventable repairs; they are the lifeblood of your automobile. Here is what you need to know:

Engine oil

Despite what the instructional booklet says, do NOT let your oil go past 4,000-5,000 miles city combination miles or 7,500 for 80% highway miles. Dirty oil kills the new VVT (variable valve timing) components and turbo chargers. Oil changes are cheap compared to repairing these components. Engine oil acts as a lubricant to prevent metal-to-metal contact. Overtime, the engine oil decreases and becomes compromised with debris, including metal flecks.

Transmission fluid

Newer synthetic fluid goes longer, but do not exceed 100,000 miles for light duty/normal driving; in almost any other scenario, like towing, hauling, city or Uber/Lyft driving, the transmission fluid needs to be changed at 50,000-75,000 miles.

Coolant

Your antifreeze should be changed every 5 years or 100,000 miles under ideal conditions with light duty or normal driving. Again, like above, for towing, hauling, city or Uber/Lyft driving, change coolant at 50,000 to 75,000 miles.

Next month, I will discuss the remaining vital fluids for your car: brake fluid, power steering fluid, gear oils and 4-wheel drive fluid. At Lance's Superior Auto, we want your car the way it is intended. Bring it by today and let's set you up with a maintenance schedule to fit your budget AND prevent costly repairs.

Lance's Superior Auto Service

30775 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070

503-682-8522

www.lancessuperiorauto.com